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Tag Archives: Jonah

The Sign of Jonah

We seldom go freely into the belly of the beast. Continue Reading The Sign of Jonah

Why Suffering?

The Universal Pattern Why Suffering? Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Sooner or later, the heart of everybody’s spiritual problem is “What do we do with our pain? Why is there evil? Why is there suffering?” Job begs God for an answer to this mystery, and he can’t get one. He only begins to trust when he… Continue Reading Why Suffering?

Gazing upon the Mystery

Suffering: Week 2 Gazing upon the Mystery Sunday, October 21, 2018 The genius of Jesus’ ministry is that he reveals how God uses tragedy, suffering, pain, betrayal, and death itself (all of which are normally inevitable), not to punish us but, in fact, to bring us to God and to our True Self, which are… Continue Reading Gazing upon the Mystery

Swallowed by a Whale

Vocation Swallowed by a Whale Wednesday, May 30, 2018 The gift you carry for others is not an attempt to save the world but to fully belong to it. It’s not possible to save the world by trying to save it. You need to find what is genuinely yours to offer the world before you… Continue Reading Swallowed by a Whale

When Things Fall Apart

From the Bottom Up: Summary When Things Fall Apart Friday, December 29, 2017 The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But transformation more often happens not when something new begins but when something old falls apart. The pain of something old falling apart—disruption and chaos—invites the soul to listen at a deeper level. It… Continue Reading When Things Fall Apart

The Belly of the Whale

The Path of Descent The Belly of the Whale Tuesday, August 1, 2017 And so long as you do not know that to die is to become, you are just a wretched visitor on this dark earth. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1] Jesus’ primary metaphor for the mystery of transformation is the sign of Jonah… Continue Reading The Belly of the Whale

The Sign of Jonah

Path of Descent The Sign of Jonah Monday, October 17, 2016 Jesus’ primary metaphor for the mystery of transformation is the sign of Jonah (Matthew 12:39, 16:4; Luke 11:29). Jesus tells the growing crowds, “It is an evil and adulterous generation that wants a sign” (Luke 11:29), and he then says the only sign he… Continue Reading The Sign of Jonah

Transforming Our Pain

Scripture: Week 1 Transforming Our Pain Friday, February 26, 2016 One of the enlightened themes that develops in the Judeo-Christian scriptures and reaches its fullness in the crucified Jesus is the recognition of the transformative significance of human pain and suffering. We see this most especially in the four “Servant Songs” of Isaiah (chapters 42-53),… Continue Reading Transforming Our Pain

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